|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 11% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop|
|Average price||£530||Average for round-trip flights in April 2021|
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Gander along with the rest of Canada. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Canada has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. Travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people registered under the Indian Act may only enter Canada for essential purposes. Entrance will be denied to people travelling for tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits or religious functions. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, their immediate family members, diplomats, airline crews, and travellers arriving from the United States who are travelling for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes may still enter Canada. Seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers, temporary foreign workers, international students with valid study permits or approvals for study permits valid from at least 18 March 2020, and permanent resident applicants who received approval before 18 March 2020 who had not yet travelled to Canada, may still enter the country. Other people with special dispensation to enter Canada include French citizens who reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, people registered under the Indian Act, visa-exempt refugees and their immediate families, and those with special authorisation from the Canadian government. Travellers who exhibit symptoms will be prohibited from boarding planes that are destined for Canada. If they exhibit symptoms on arrival they will be referred to the Canadian Public Health Agency. Travellers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19 may not enter the country. Travellers must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival at their final destination in Canada. Travellers who disembarked from a cruise ship with a known COVID-19 outbreak like the ‘Diamond Princess’ will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days at a location determined by the Chief Public Health Officer.. If you are looking to book a trip to Gander and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Gander once played a vital role in transatlantic aviation, and has plenty to offer plane buffs, but is also a world-class destination for lovers of outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and hunting.
Located in Canada’s Newfoundland province, the city was a stopping point for planes that needed refuelling, and has a superb exhibit of some of the planes which used the airport during its heyday in the 1920s. Aviation fans will find this unique museum absolutely fascinating.
For others, Gander offers activities that can be enjoyed in all seasons. When the snow comes, skiing is a favourite local pastime and the town has a network of superbly groomed cross-country trails and snow-shoe paths to explore.
During the summer months (June to September), the city offers some of Canada’s best hiking in the country, has an excellent golf course and plenty of places to find relaxation and solitude, such as the tranquil Thomas Howe Forest. Fishing fans can test their wits with Atlantic salmon or wait for the pike to bite in idyllic lakes near Gander.
Canada is also hunting territory, and the area offers hunting tours to initiate newcomers. Head out with expert guides along the Gander River to seek out deer and moose. If that sounds too bloodthirsty, the scenery around town also provides stunning views. Head to the Terra Nova national park to see unspoilt nature, waterfalls and breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean.
History lovers can also make the short journey to the enchanting village of Twillingate, where they can see turn of the century homes restored for visitors and catch the lively Fish, Fun and Folk held in July.
When the day is done, Gander is also one of the world’s great spots to try fresh, lovingly prepared seafood, with locally caught salmon, scallops and shrimp just some of the area’s produce.
Visit between November and March to enjoy the area’s winter sports, or between June and August to enjoy the best hiking conditions. Festivals generally take place in July and August when the weather is most reliable, and aviation lovers will want to be there in August for the Festival of Flight. Otherwise, the Newfoundland leaf fall is spectacular in September, and spring provides some accommodation bargains.
Renting a car or a camper van is the ideal way to see Newfoundland, which takes about eight hours to cross, making almost every attraction accessible by road. Book in advance for the best deals, and be aware that using mobile phones while driving is illegal. Gander also has a local bus network, and is extremely cycle-friendly as well.